[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A memory popped up on Facebook a few days ago, the memory of the first ever Filling The Blues which started in 2012.  The shaky video and photos from my Facebook page got me thinking back to how a simple tweet from 1 person (Tahir from Moti Roti) started something which has grown year on year.  The tweet started something which was initially referred to as #FillABlueBelly and has morphed over the years to something now called FillingTheBlues.   This year is the fourth year that restaurants and volunteers have come together to give a little something back to the boys in blue.  Here’s the Filling The Blues story so far with a few more poignant memories along the way.

Enjoy x[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”#FillingTheBlues” color=”blue” border_width=”3″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”21858″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]June 2012 – It’s Ramadan in Dubai and Tahir Shah owner of Moti Roti tweets about providing Biryani to some workers on a local building site for Iftar. He wishes he could do more. The tweet is spotted and so #FillABlueBelly begins.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”21767″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1465997822047{padding-top: 20px !important;}”]#FillABlueBelly is the hashtag used to kick start a social media campaign and once the tweets start the community joins in with offers of food, drink and snacks.  We also build up a small community of volunteers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

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Tweet, Tweet 

@EatMyRoti gets renamed to @MotiRoti on Twitter, the name that everyone now associates Tahir with

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]#FillABlueBelly Each night for all of Ramadan, approx 150 Construction workers (the boys in blue) get an Iftar meal and drinks from donations from companies and individuals. We’re leveraging Social Media and interest is gathering.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

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A guy stands out from

the crowd and

becomes the face of

#FillABlueBelly

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We all celebrate

Ramadan in

our own way

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#FillABlueBelly is

relaunched and

#FeedingTheBlues

is born

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2014 #FillingTheBlues has gone Digital !

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It’s hot and humid and some nights the guys look absolutely exhausted and the food and drink is more than welcome.

Run out of bags? No problem – introducing you to the hatbag – you saw it here first !

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Ramadan 2014 is wrap! With about 200 guys fed every evening. Job done 🙂

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A heart warming video to end Ramadan 2014

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We’re at the same site as last year in Tecom.

There are a lot of new guys and a few favourite faces from last year.

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A new ‘poster boy’

is chosen and

we get a rebrand

thanks Freshly Ground Sounds

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Dubai’s Homegrown

restaurants continue

to sponsor each night

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1465990407114{padding-top: 20px !important;}”]Volunteers sign up in their droves and bring fruit, laban, biscuits, water and other essentials for the guys. We add a Bonus Table to allow groups to bring extras.

We’re also collecting clothes for Eid.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”21868″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”21867″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”21866″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”#FillingTheBlues” txt_align=”center” shape=”square” style=”3d”]#FillingTheBluesVolunteer Sign Up Form | Location Map

Location | Opposite Al Khoury Hotel, Al Barsha

Meet Time | 6.15 pm Sun – Thurs for approx 45 mins
** Please remember to pay for parking***

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